Trump’s ag­gres­sive moves stir un­ease

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pow­ers avoid a trade war for the good of both coun­tries.

“This past week has been shock­ing,” Gor­don H. Chang, di­rec­tor of Cen­ter for East Asian Stud­ies at Stan­ford Univer­sity, told China Daily in a writ­ten re­sponse to ques­tions.

Chang said he be­lieves chances for a dif­fi­cult and danger­ous pe­riod ahead in China-US re­la­tions have in­creased as Trump seems to be push­ing his agenda ahead ag­gres­sively with­out thought or de­lib­er­a­tion.

Asked about the like­li­hood of Trump ful­fill­ing all of his China-re­lated cam­paign prom­ises, the pro­fes­sor of his­tory said, “He won’t for­get about China; he also plays to the pub­lic and China bash­ing is pop­u­lar in the US.”

Chang said China should be “care­ful but firm” and “pru­dent” and see what Trump will do.

Ni­cholas Hope, for­mer di­rec­tor of the China pro­gram at the Stan­ford Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment, said that al­though he has no grounds to con­clude that Trump will be able to fol­low through on all of his cam­paign prom­ises, ac­tions to date sug­gest that he in­tends to do so, no mat­ter how they af­fect the United States’ long-term in­ter­ests.

“As the two largest trad­ing pow­ers, at all costs the two coun­tries must avoid be­ing drawn into a pun­ish­ing trade war that could send the world back to the 1930s,” Hope said.

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